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Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine Cinema: Day 5 – Helena & Simon

February 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

We’ve reached the big day!  Happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you!  Let’s hope you spend the day clearing cards from your doormat, feasting on chocolates and taking deliveries of hand tied bouquets of blousy roses!  Whilst I brush the cobwebs from my own letterbox in anticipation, this morning we join Emma of Story Of Your Day for the final film in our special little week long series of movie magic. 

A Wonderful Wedding At Castle Howard from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  For my last day on Brides Up North I thought I’d show you something a little different. Such is my reputation I am the recommended videographer for many exclusive venues. And for some, like Castle Howard, the only videographer they recommend. I have made the Castle’s corporate film which has been enjoyed by brides looking at the venue for their own wedding. Recently I filmed a wonderful wedding there of Simon and Helena and now Castle Howard shows this film off to couples so they can imagine what their wedding could be like at such an exclusive venue. So while this isn’t a film the couple requested as part of their package they have it as an extra highlights film to enjoy with their family and friends.

On this shoot I wanted to try out a new type of camera – a DLSR – for a cinematic look to my films. I am now sold and from here on in I will be offering this style to all my brides in the future. Perhaps you’ll love it as much as I do.

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Valentine Cinema. Day Four: Kirby & Adam

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you.

Is anyone else enjoying these gorgeous little films as much as I am?! 

Kirby and Adam – Highlights of their day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  I filmed this wedding at Oulton Hall in November with a view to making a Film of the Day and a bridal preparation film. As it happened I changed my package structure in December so that couples could have a Film of The Day with their own choices for their DVDs and a Trailer for both the DVDs and online. Kirby decided she wanted to swap over to this option because her music choices were very important to them.

So this is a ‘Trailer’… something Kirby and Adam can share with their friends and family anytime anywhere. It’s short and sweet but captures the essence of their day perfectly. Their Film of The Day is nearly fifteen minutes long and so I was able to incorporate her bridal prep in detail, meaning she didn’t lose out. And what a lovely message Kirby sent me once she and Adam had watched the film, ‘Words don’t even describe that!I absolutely sobbed! We both love it!’

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Hello Hollywood! Supplier Showcase: Silver Sixpence Films PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Silver Sixpence Films Showreel 2013F2 from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

It’s been a very audio-visual week on the wedding blog this week, as we’ve been counting down to Valentine’s Day with a lovely lunchtime film each day in our Valentine Cinema series. 

Today I’m proud to introduce you to another of our talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who also knows how to work their movie magic, Penny and Ed of Silver Sixpence FilmsThese guys are no novices, having worked on a whole host of Hollywood Movies and hob nobbing with some VERY big names in the film industry.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want their wedding video to look like a feature film?  I’d be getting in touch with these guys faster than you can say lights, camera, action!

And to make things even sweeter, if you quote BRDSUPN1 when booking Silver Sixpence Films are offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount on their gold and platinum packages and a 5% discount on their silver package.

Grab the popcorn, we’ll bring the pretty, lets meet Penny!

Silver Sixpence Films Vintage Showreel 2013 from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography?

We have a background in feature films, which is where we met. Ed was working as the Visual Effects Editor on Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and I was working as the assistant to David Yates, who was directing Harry Potter. We were doing post production in the same building and got introduced by a mutual friend. Ed has been making wedding videos for 13 years now – he filmed the first ones for friends of the family and did such a good job that he was asked to do more. He carried on making several a year in between the movies he worked on because he loved them so much. I started to help Ed out when he was filming weddings and instantly fell in love with them too, soon after that we set up Silver Sixpence Films and we haven’t looked back.

Ed has worked as an assistant editor on a lot of films including Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans, John Carter and James Bond Skyfall and as a result is an incredibly skilled editor. We believe that each wedding video should be unique to the couple but should also be something that anyone, even people who don’t know the couple, will find interesting. Ed is always able to bring out the best in each wedding, using his years of experience to create a beautiful wedding film.

All my production experience working in film and TV (I previously worked for the BBC and Channel 4), means that I am able to organise a wedding shoot in a professional way with ease, allowing me to focus on making sure the couple feels confident in us and happy so that they can relax and enjoy their day knowing that we are making an amazing wedding film.

Why should a couple have a wedding video? 

We know, having spoken to many brides, that a wedding film is not at the top of the list when organising a wedding. We also know from all our previous clients that having a wedding film is one of the best decisions that couples feel they made after their wedding. We are regularly told that it is our wedding film and not the photographs that the couple get out year after year on their anniversary, and it is our film that brought everyone to tears. A good photograph is a beautiful memento of the day, but the real and full emotion of the day can only be captured in a wedding film. That is why we take great pride in knowing someone has been moved to tears by every single film we have made so far! Another thing that we often hear is how lovely the couple find watching the wedding video and seeing things that they missed on the day. Often, they say, their weddings went by so quickly that they didn’t really have time to enjoy it or fully absorb everything that was happening and so having a wedding film means that they can experience all those things properly again and again.

Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer? 

We’re both big softies and weddings are such lovely, emotional days. As film makers the most rewarding thing that you can do is make something that evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Weddings are the happiest day of people’s lives, not just for the bride and groom, but often for their parents and their friends. Knowing that you are making something that will capture the romance and the joy of that is a great privilege. It is such an intimate event that we always feel that we have become friends with our couples by the time we deliver their final film as we have gotten to know them so well and seen the love that they share.

Stuart and Danielle’s Wedding Trailer from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

Our approach is very reportage. We believe that our brief should be to capture the beauty of the day whilst remaining as invisible as possible. We take great pride in being told that no one had even realised the wedding was being filmed when they see our wedding film. We think that you get the best shots when people are relaxed and enjoying themselves and not feeling self conscious so we use a lot of long lenses so that we can stay as far away from the action as possible whilst still capturing beautiful footage. We do recommend that our bride and groom spend 10-15 minutes alone with us on the day though so that we can get some lovely footage of just the two of them. We always meet our couples before their big day so they can get to know us and we can answer any questions they have so that they are comfortable on the day with us. I’ve got plenty of experience from my work in feature films of making A-List actors feel happy and so we treat them in the same way we would a celebrity – it is their day and they are the stars of the show.

Which celebrity wedding would you most like to capture and why? 

We’ve worked with a lot of very famous actors during our time in film. I’d love to capture Tom Felton’s (who played Drafo Malfoy  in the Harry Potter film) wedding because he’s a friend of mine as is his girlfriend. When Ed and I had our engagement party they came along much to the surprise of a few of our friends who were huge Harry Potter fans. Ed would probably want to capture Andrew Garfield’s (who is currently playing Spiderman) wedding as they because they became quite close whilst working on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Ed is always telling people how he has hugged Spiderman because Andrew hugged him last time they bumped into each other.

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

We have captured lots of really beautiful weddings, all of them so unique in style and content! One that particularly comes to mind, was a gorgeous and very ‘homely’ wedding just near Goole, the couple were getting married in a lovely little church in the village that the Bride grew up in. What was so heart warming, was that it was the same church that three previous generations of her family had all taken their vows in, so her parents, her grandparents, and her great grandparents were all married there. They even displayed all their marriage certificates and photos at the front of the church. We thought that was just so special.

What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

We approach our wedding films as though they are huge Hollywood movies rather than videos – even though we shoot on professional HD cameras we purposefully only refer to our products as films. We spend a lot of time grading each film to look and feel like film because we think the look of film is beautiful. We get a lot of requests to add a vintage effect to some of our films so that they look like they were shot on an old 16mm camera, because that vintage effect is very popular at the moment. We can also shoot on a real super 8 camera if requested to. We have years of experience in feature film and we use this to make our wedding films cinematic with a romantic narrative that captures the emotion of the day. Ed edits each film with the intention of telling the story of the day in the most interesting and moving way it can be told. This often means that our films are non linear, with audio that has been captured throughout the day often narrating the gorgeous shots that we have captured. This means that the film is interesting, moving and endlessly watchable for not just the bride and groom but hopefully for anyone that watches them. Our personal feeling is that the traditional wedding video, filmed in real time that is over five hours long, doesn’t capture the emotion of the day as well as our, much shorter films do. Couple’s that choose us for their wedding will want to watch their film again and again.

What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

On the day our couples can expect to feel totally relaxed and forget that we are even filming. Our intention is that throughout the day they don’t have to worry about us and they can be sure that we are putting together the perfect wedding film for them. We ask for the details of an usher and a bridesmaid so that we have other people we can talk to if we need anything without bothering the couple. The couple can expect us to arrive with professional HD cameras and high end camera rigs including tripods, sliders and steady cams so that we are prepared for all conditions to get the best possible results on the day. Most importantly they can expect us to be absorbing the day and working out what is important to the couple, including their taste in music so that we can construct a personal film that will forever remind them of their day.

Lee and Charlotte’s Wedding Highlights from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals? 

We have recently been working on a film with Rise Hall which is a beautiful country home that is owned by Sarah Beeny. Sarah and her husband Graham have done a fantastic job of renovating the house and it is absolutely perfect for weddings.  We are still putting the final film together now but Rise Hall is such a lovely venue that it has been a wonderful project for us to work on. It would actually be challenging to film something in Rise Hall that didn’t look picturesque.

What projects do you have coming up – either weddings, shoots or otherwise that you are looking forward to in 2014?

We are very excited about working with Rise Hall, both finishing their film and working as their recommended film makers. We are also looking forward to focusing on all the beautiful wedding films this year. Ed is just finishing up on a Tom Cruise science fiction film and then he is dedicating himself for the rest of the year to Silver Sixpence Films so that our clients can have his full attention and expertise.

Are you prepared to travel?  Is there an additional cost for this? 

We are happy to film a wedding anywhere in the UK, although we are based in Yorkshire. We are able to film weddings in London and some of the South East for no extra charge but there is a small additional fee for weddings outside those areas. We have a wedding this year in the Lake District and we are really looking forward to it. We love the opportunity to travel with Silver Sixpence Films so couples who don’t live in Yorkshire shouldn’t be put off from getting in contact with us.

Byron and Sian’s Wedding Trailer from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price? 

We have three packages that we typically offer:

The Silver Package from £895: We arrive an hour before the ceremony and film until the speeches have finished. With this package the couple will receive a beautiful made 5-8 minutes highlights film on DVD (or blue ray for an extra fee) as well as an online version.

The Gold Package from £1295: This package starts at the brides preparations and ends after the speeches have finished. With this package the couple will receive a 10-20 minute film along with a short wedding trailer (which is a collection of the best shots from the day cut to music. These are both online as well as sent to them on two beautifully presented DVDs.

The Platinum Package from £1995: This package starts at the brides preparations and goes all the way into the evening celebrations and first dance. The couple will receive a 20-30 minute film along with a wedding trailer, both of which are online as well as in two beautifully presented DVDs. They also get full versions of the speeches and ceremony on the DVD (if permitted), along with some printed stills from the day.

We also are able to offer a bespoke film with added extras including extra copies of the dvds, extra hours filming, vintage effect or super 8mm film so we are able to create a package that is adaptable to the individual couples.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, if they quote BRDSUPN1 when booking they are able to get a 10% discount on our gold and platinum packages and a 5% discount on the silver package.

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

We have some examples of our films along with our packages and prices on our website www.silversixpencefilms.com, we are also on Facebook and Twitter.

We are pretty much always online so are usually able to answer any questions that prospective clients will have very quickly.

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Valentine Cinema. Day Three: Lynsey and Joe

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A wedding in The Lakes from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Lynsey and Joe are a gorgeous couple. And what made this film great to do was because I was also working alongside Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography. Because don’t direct my couples during their day it’s great to work with Cat who is so inspiring and takes her couples off for amazing portraits.

Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lakes was the perfect setting to sneak off and do just that, with us finding little hideaways to get away from it all for some really emotional moments. This wedding film was meant to be shorter but as with many of my films I get carried away with how fantastic the day is and for me, getting that across in my films is the most important factor.

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Valentine Cinema. Day Two: Lydia & Rob

February 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Don’t mind us, we’re just interrupting your lunch hour with something beautiful.  This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A Gorgeous Wedding at Denton Hall from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Did you know that the biggest regret amongst newly weds is not to have a wedding film?  Well it’s true… but having a videographer is still so low down the priority list of many couples. I recently spoke to a bride who’d spent over £6,000 on her dress so had cut her film budget by half. It’s all very well having a beautiful dress and I’m sure the photographs will do it justice, but why compromise on a film which could have given her lifelong living memories of the day?

Here’s today’s Valentine Cinema for Brides Up North.  Lydia and Rob were married at another location that I’m proud to be recommended by, Denton Hall in Ilkley.  Lydia got ready in the morning in the wonderful coach house and then walked up the drive for her civil ceremony in the house. Some ceremonies are quite short so this couple chose to have a film of their ceremony in full, rather than a highlights film.

As well as working closely with many venues like Denton Hall I also pride myself in the relationship I have with other suppliers, especially on the day, so I was thrilled when photographer Karen Ross sent me this note after working with me at this wedding. “After working with several videographers over recent years,  I can honestly say that Emma is the best I have worked with.  It was a real pleasure to work alongside her.  Her work is first rate and her desire for us to work together to obtain the best results possible for the wedding couple was both refreshing and effective.” And that is what it is all about. Everyone working together to achieve the best possibly results for the couple to make their day memorable and enjoyable.

I hope you love today’s short film as much as I do. 

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Valentine Cinema. A Week Of Love In Motion.

February 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Love is in the air!  Being a loved up soon-to-be-wed, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that it’s Valentine’s Day this Friday.  When considering how to mark the event here on the wedding blog  – because in real life with our baby girl it’ll be a couple of pizzas, a movie and an early night! – I thought it might be nice to share a few movies of our own.  Enlisting the help of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma of Story Of Your Day, we’re letting a few special Brides Up North love stories take centre stage as we bring you an extra little lunchtime feature in addition to our usual schedule.  Because we love you. 

Lois’ Morning at Rise Hall from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  I was asked by Julia for a week long feature about my films. At first I was excited, but then I wondered how I could possibly choose five of my favourite films. I’ve recently been looking at the service I provide in the hope of offering everything a bride wants in a Wedding Film Package. This has meant I have been studying a lot of other Videographers in my price range and above. I have found that wedding films can be very formulaic and after a while I got quite frustrated by the fact that they were so similar. So although I’ve made some improvements I am still essentially offering the high end bespoke wedding film service I did before where no film is the same as the last … how can they be? Every wedding is different and every one unique. So I’ve put together a series of films for Brides Up North which, I hope, can demonstrate how I do wedding films differently, creatively and beautifully.

I believe your wedding films should be enjoyed time and time again. That’s why I make short-form wedding films unlike any other.  You’ve probably found your dream venue, your perfect photographer and maybe even your shoes with killer heels.  So now, it’s time to find the right person to make your wedding come to life on film, which can be cherished forever.

In your search for the right filmmaker, you may have found many wedding films seem very formulaic.  My films don’t follow a ’recipe’  because every wedding is different,  every couple is unique and so every story I tell is true to that couple and their wedding only.

I’ll capture the essence of your day and each bespoke film will tell your individual story. Your day will fly by and if you blink you’ll miss it. This is a chance to look back, remember the day and cherish those special moments forever.

Rest assured that you’re in very capable hands. My films are professional looking because they’re filmed by myself and other carefully selected experienced camera crews, using a combination of high-definition and DSLR cameras and beautifully crafted by myself using the best film-editing equipment.

The first this week is a Bridal Preparation Film – many of my couples choose this option so they can catch up with what their loved one got up to in the build up to the ceremony. It can be an emotional time. And Lois’ morning was just that. She married Olympian Alex Smith at Sarah Beeney’s Rise Hall in August this year.  Click here to see the Real Wedding on Brides Up North.  

My background has taught me to identify and appreciate special moments, reactions and emotions and my expertise lies in story-telling.   A personable nature and ability to engage easily means I’ll put your guests at ease when I talk to them about your day. Their thoughts and feelings will add flavour to your story. The guests at Lois and Alex’s wedding were literally queuing up to give them their good luck messages.

I was thrilled that Alex and Lois loved their films so much as they were such fun to make. “Thank you so much for the two films you made of our wedding day. We thoroughly enjoyed watching both – especially the film of the day! Alex and I were so glad we chose you to film our wedding day, it was the most fantastic day, which we can now watch over and over! We absolutely love your work, Mr & Mrs Smith.”

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The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

Cat Hepple Photography

That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

Cat Hepple Photography

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Motion Memories. Supplier Showcase: Clockwork Pictures

January 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Story of the Clockwork Team from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

This afternoon I’m thrilled to introduce a new and very talented Featured Supplier to the Brides Up North stage, the fabulous Tommy from super cool motion video outlet, Clockwork Pictures.  Currently based in Adelaide, Oz (told you he was cool) and due to land back on home shores right about now, any Bride Up North looking for someone to capture her wedding day in all it’s moving glory should check out this man’s skills (I thought about skillz with a zee, but I really can’t pull it off).  Anyway, he’s far cooler, let’s meet him…

Kristy and Chris from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography?

From a young age I wanted to be a Disney animator and when Toy Story came along I decided that was the job for me. I studied multimedia at university and realised the animation module wasn’t as easy as Toy Story made it look but I was loving the video section of the course and it all started from there really. I had started my first business in the UK in 2004 and soon found that my love of films and filming worked brilliantly with weddings as I’m drawn in by the emotion of a story and that’s what I like to portray.

Why should a couple have a wedding video?

I know first-hand that the wedding day passes like a blur and you don’t have time to take everything in and appreciate all the hard work and planning. You might not get to see everyone and there might be parts of the day you miss and would love to see what was happening at the time. This is the biggest day of your life and being able to relive all those moments for years to come and sharing them with children and grandchildren is something you really don’t want to miss. Sure it might be a cost now but in 40 years your wedding film will be priceless. Also wedding videos in the modern era are wedding films. Films that have the same elements and emotion of those you see on the big screen.

Evita + Javen from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer? 

It’s a common is conception that wedding videos are cheesy and tacky and look like they were shot in the 80s. It’s always an amazing feeling when the family and friends watch one of our production s and can’t wait to message us. We often have messages from people being “Blown away” and “It’s the best investment we made” We know that once the wedding has finished and everyone has gone back to work the last two things to look forward to are the photos and the wedding film. We know that our couples are in for a treat

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

As a husband and wife team the couples can often relate to us and we encourage them to relax and just go about their business as they would if we weren’t there. As we’re both qualified primary school teachers we both have a calm persona and like couples to feel relaxed in our company as it helps them to feel comfortable and also allows us to capture beautiful and natural imagery.

Lisa + Kieran from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

Which celebrity wedding would you most like to capture and why?

We would love to be the wedding film choice for footballers. I am a football nut and it would be amazing to be involved in filming my heroes not to mention the amazing locations and lavish affairs they would put on. Also if Russell Brand got married again we’d love to film his speech!

Any really memorable beautiful/ moving/ stylish weddings that you have captured?

Having filmed so many weddings in South Australia we have been really spoiled by the weddings we have filmed. Many outdoor weddings at fantastic gardens, lakesides and beautiful wineries and beaches. One of our favourite ceremonies was Victor Harbour just outside Adelaide with a gorgeous lake as a backdrop and one of our receptions was right next to a big waterfall which we won’t see very often. We always feel the emotion when couples write their own vows. Words from the heart always choke everyone up on the day and often afterwards on the wedding film with a hint of cinematic soundtrack.

Kelly + Stephen from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

We create films that are engaging and emotional. We take our inspiration not from other wedding films but from cinema, art and life. Our wedding films are not so much a documentary but a cinematic story. We also use a time-shift technique which means that some parts of the wedding are not played in chronological order and speeches and the wedding are scattered throughout the film for a more engaging experience.

What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

The bride and groom should be able to relax and enjoy the biggest day of their lives and not have to worry about anything else. We find the balance of not interrupting the flow of the wedding while at the same time capturing the story of the day in a way that almost looks like we were more involved than we actually were. We don’t set up lots of “Poses” but we might make some minor adjustments to events that are naturally unfolding. (For example the groom might be better doing his tie in the natural light or we might move the dress to a different room for a spectacular shot

Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations with other industry professionals?

We love working with other wedding suppliers and it is one of our main goals to build strong relationships with the wedding photographers. It is so important that the wedding filmmaker and photographer are on the same page as it benefits the quality of both the photos, the wedding film and most importantly the bride and groom. It helps the day run smoothly and when that happens everyone is happy. We are always highly recommended by photographers as they appreciate the respect we give them.

Angelo + Stefanie from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

What projects do you have coming up – either weddings, shoots or otherwise that you are looking forward to in 2013?

We are finishing the current Australian wedding season here in Adelaide before returning to the UK which we’re excited about and we have some great weddings and some lovely couples lined up. Wedding films are what we love but we are also currently working on adding video blogging to our service and have shoots with a fitness expert for his blog in the next few weeks so we’re very excited about the future of Clockwork films.

Are you prepared to travel?(!) Is there an additional cost for this?

We love to travel and we love seeing new places and venues. After spending 5 years in Australia we have a new appreciation for our country and we’re certainly keen to see more of it. There is a small extra cost for travel which we are happy to discuss.

Jay + Anne from Clockwork Pictures (Empire) on Vimeo.

What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price?

We recommend our 10 hour package which usually covers the formalities of the day from getting ready right through to the bridal dance. (Extra hours are available if necessary) Our main feature is a 15-20 minute cinematic film which is great for sharing or watching over and over again. We also include the full ceremony, speeches and first dance. All our films are provided on in High Definition on flash drives. Many people love our optional short 3-5 minute highlight as it’s so easy to share and can be enjoyed before the main film is ready. There is also an option to purchase the uncut footage too. Our packages start at just £1600.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

We can offer Brides up North readers “Unedited Footage” for no extra cost. (Saving £200).  Please quote Brides Up North when booking. The unedited footage is great as you can watch hours of footage as it was shot before being cut down for the highlights. We even go though and cut out the wobbles and create chapters and add them to your HD Flash drive.

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

To contact us and to see more of our work. Go to www.clockworkpictures.co.uk you can also “like” us on Facebook here.

 

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Freeze Frame: A Stop Motion Wedding Film For A Pretty Real Wedding At Denton Hall – Meredith & Leigh

April 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ll be back later on with all the images and details for this beautiful Real Wedding at Denton Hall, Yorkshire, coordinated by a fantastic group of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, including Andrea from Fabulous Day, Leafy Couture and Box Tree Events, but first I wanted to share this amazing little stop motion wedding film with you. 

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Meredith, our bride, was a real fan of Brides Up North during the planning process (Hello Meredith!  We love you too!) and writes: I have to tell you how surreal and flattering it is that you are interested in my wedding! I’ve spent much of the past year oogling your website and to think you liked it makes me blush.  Now I believe that every wedding is beautiful, but when a big day is as pretty as Meredith and Leigh’s was, how could we not feature it on these pages?  Blush away Meredith!

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I usually favour images over film – and yes, we didn’t have a wedding video at our own wedding, and yes, I do hugely regret that – but wedding videography has suddenly got so snazzy and slick (see this interview with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Story Of Your Day) and this little film by Cornerstone Cinema is just so quirky and cute, I felt it would be shameful if it were lost in a larger feature. 

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Enjoy this genius little production, and watch out for those purple dragons!

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Screen Starlet! Supplier Showcase: Story Of Your Day PLUS 10% DISCOUNT For Wedding Blog Readers

April 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are chatting to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and Exhibitor Emma of Story of Your Day.  In the World of wedding videography the fabulous Emma has a CV to die for, so you can be assured that your big day will be captured beautifully and thoughtfully.  Let’s meet this small screen siren…

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How did you get into wedding videography? What is your background and qualifications?

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I have worked in television for twenty years as a TV Journalist, producing, editing and presenting my own films. For the last ten years I have been a fully trained BBC Video Journalist learning the skills required to make original, eye-catching and unique films. Just over a year ago I was asked to film a colleague’s wedding and the very next day the photographer Cat Hepple, who I’d worked with at the BBC, suggested I should consider wedding videography. It seemed too much of a coincidence and when the referrals and bookings started coming in I quickly realised that this was a job I was not only good at but enjoyed as well. I started the business up slowly and the let it evolve organically. My first few films were with suppliers and photographers on wedding shoots, rather than weddings themselves. This is a film I made with Chloe from White Room Bridal and Cat Hepple.

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White Room Bridal Shoot from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Why should a couple have a wedding video?

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Not having a film is just not an option. In fact not having a videographer to capture the day is the main regret felt by today’s bride. I guess people sometimes picture 80’s style long wedding films. These are in the past and should stay there. Wedding films should be short and sweet and be something that’s watched time and time again by couples, family and friends. Find the right videographer and they’ll capture beautiful memories on film to last for a lifetime.

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Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?

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There is nothing quite so rewarding than watching the reaction on your couples‘ faces when they watch their films for the first time. And then over and over again.

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On the day of the wedding it is always such a privilege to be part of such an important occasion in a couples lives. From the moment I take on a couple’s wedding to watching back my films, I just love being involved.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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A wedding is one of the most important days of a person’s life and it’s essential everyone enjoys themselves and has a memorable occasion for all the right reasons, therefore making sure the couple feel relaxed is imperative. I always try to meet with my couples before the wedding day itself. If not before it would be at a rehearsal or meeting with the venue. On the actual day I begin filming in the background in order that the bride and the bridal party feel as ease and relaxed. I let the photographer take the lead and direct the day – this way there aren’t too many people making decisions and the couple don’t feel like they’re being pulled in too many directions. Many people worry about being interviewed. This is where my experience as a Video Journalist comes in. I am an expert at making people feel at ease with the camera and bringing out the best in them. In the end it’s more like having a chat than an interview and that way people come over on the films at their best. Finally, it’s about being there to help the day run smoothly. I regard myself as part of the team helping the day to be enjoyable and a fantastic day to remember.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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Every wedding is beautiful and moving in my eyes and being part of that very special moment in peoples‘ lives is an honour. In November I filmed a fusion wedding at the amazing Goldsborough Hall in North Yorkshire. The mist took nearly all day to lift but actually it made the setting even more romantic. The bride was absolutely gorgeous. In the morning we filmed the preparations for the church ceremony. Depika looked stunning in both her outfits. It was a long day but it was fantastic fun and wonderful.

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What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

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I am refreshingly new to the industry and I offer something unique to many other videographers. Rather than one long film of the whole day it’s my belief that your films should be short and sweet – I offer small individual films, chosen by you, which are much more likely to be enjoyed by you and your loved one, as well as family and friends, time and time again. My films incorporate the best bits of your day, the highlights from your vows and speeches and messages from your guests.

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Every wedding is different.  Every couple is unique.  I’ll capture the essence of your day and each bespoke film will tell your individual story. Such is my reputation, I am now the recommended Wedding Videographer for many fantastic venues. These include Castle Howard, Rise Hall, Goldsborough Hall, Danby Castle and for wedding celebrations on board the Orient Express.

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Highlights from Phil and Heather’s day by Story of Your Day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals?

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From the outset I have worked on styled shoots. I do a lot of work with Cat Hepple because I admire her work. My favourite shoot with her was ‘Behind Closed Doors‘ with White Room Bridal but there have been many more. I have recently started working with suppliers and venues too making marketing films for their websites. These, most recently, include Wedding Celebrations on board the magnificent Orient Express and for Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. I have lots more stylised shoots and wedding venue films planned for the summer months too. They all appear on my website and blog.

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What projects do you have coming up that you are looking forward to in 2013?

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I am extremely exciting to be filming the wedding of Lois Earl and her fiancé, the Olympic hammer thrower Alex Smith. It’s at Rise Hall in East Yorkshire. As well as a film for the couple I’ll also be incorporating their wedding in a promotional film for Rise Hall’s website. I’ve got a few weddings at Castle Howard too this year and they should be amazing. The venue for a wedding is to die for.

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Your Wedding Celebrations at Castle Howard from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

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Are you prepared to travel? Is there an additional cost for this?

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Of course. I am prepared to travel anywhere. The only additional charge would be my expenses.

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What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price?

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I have two packages Confetti and Rose Petals but I also offer a bespoke service to clients based on requirements and budget. My prices start at £995.00 for a ‘Film of the Day’. More films are included in the Rose Petals Package or you can add them individually. It’s best to look at what I offer by clicking here or even better give me a call to chat your day through. There’s no obligation to book. I’m here to help.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Brides Up North readers can benefit from a 10% discount on my Rose Petals Package.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

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Examples of my work can be found on my website http://www.storyofyourday.co.uk/gallery/ and they can email me through that or directly on emma@storyofyourday.co.uk. Or just pick up the phone and fire me a call on 07973 459058.

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